Dean Baker once thought Obama’s New Deal was a good idea. Dean Baker eventually read, thought, understood what a mess the Obama New Deal is and pulled his support:
However, after further thought and conversations with people around Washington (first and foremost, Nancy Altman, the co-director of Social Security Works), I have become convinced that this deal would be a disaster. Paul Krugman does a nice job laying out the limited benefits of the stimulus, but my greater concern is what happens to Social Security in this story. Effectively, this deal would give us a permanent two-percentage point reduction in the payroll tax in a Washington climate very hostile to Social Security.
Krugman and Baker are greatly respected by Democrats. But we are tired of them. They supported Obama and continue to try to support the boob. Why would it ever take anyone who is “smart” more than a nanosecond to figure out that what is right for Obama is not right for America?
Krauthammer should know that Obama is indeed a great bargainer and wily buyer and seller – but only when it comes to his own personal advancement. Witness today’s just in time for Christmas stocking stuffers publicity stunt in which Obama reads a book to children. Unlike Bush the book Obama read is not about pet goats. Obama is much shrewder when it comes to self-promotion. Barack Obama instead chose to read a book written by… himself.
I really don't care for Paul Krugman anymore. He's whored too much for Barack. He should have snapped out of it a long time ago. He's also -- as C.I. pointed out years ago -- really not that left. I used to have so much more respect for so many more people.
Then 2008 came along, the Cult of St. Barack.
I can't say I would willing live through it all again or ask that it happen, but I can say that I'd love for it to be able to. It was hurtful and painful but it taught me so much. It taught me, for example, that there was no independent media. Everyone whored.
Every supposed belief they had went out the window when it was in conflict with The Barack Agenda.
We love public financing!!!!!
Until Barack decided not to use it in the 2008 general election and then suddenly no one wanted to support public financing.
He, his apologists and his guard dogs have ensured that he has received very little criticism.
And I look at someone like Kevin Zeese. He wants protests now (and took part in one yesterday). But he doesn't want to get honest about how he was part of the problem in 2008 and he wrote weak criticism of Barack and when Kat called him on that he still didn't try to hold Barack to a standard. They are the ones who created the Franknstein monster.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):